“Found Performance”: Towards a Musical Methodology for Exploring the Aesthetics of Care


The Performance of Community Music Therapy Evaluation
Phd Thesis, 2015
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This book provides an approach to community music therapy practice. It addresses aspects of music therapy formats, aims, context, evaluation and theory, using a "matrix" model. Through case studies, original research and theory vignettes, the text offers an accessible way of integrating music therapy services and professional processes. Practical examples are drawn from neurological rehabilitation in medical and community settings, and from long term nursing care, to illustrate how music therapy can adapt to meet the needs of participants and their situating context. The political, ethical, clinical and philosophical implications of this approach are considered.


Selected Publications


Wood, S. & Ansdell, G. (2017). Community Music and Music Therapy: Jointly and Severally. In L. Higgins and B.L. Bartleet (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Community Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 


Wood, S. (2016). A Matrix for Community Music Therapy Practice. Gilsum: Barcelona Publishers.


Wood, S (2013) Evaluation of Community Music Therapy: Why is it a Problem? In L. Ole Bonde et al (Eds.) Musical Life Stories: Narratives on Health Musicking, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo: Centre for Music and Health.


Wood, S. (2010). Musical connections. Journal of Dementia Care, 18 (4), 5.


Wood, S. (2008). Making the Most of Musicality. Journal of Dementia Care, 16 (5), 10-14.


Wood, S. (2007). Chalfont Lodge Choir: Heart of a Home and Community. Journal of Dementia Care, 15 (1), 22-25.


Wood, S. (2006). Music Therapy for Dementia. Journal of Dementia Care, 14 (6), 8.


Wood, S (2006). "The Matrix": A Model of Community Music Therapy Processes. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, North America, 6, nov. 2006. Available at: https://normt.uib.no/index.php/voices/article/view/279. Date accessed: 10 July. 2009.


Wood, S. (2004) ‘From Therapy to Community’ – Making Music in Neurological Rehabilitation. In M. Pavlicevic & G. Ansdell (Eds.) Community Music Therapy pp48-62. London: Jessica Kingsley.


Selected Performances, Keynotes and Papers


"Ca' the Yowes": Solo voice performance, University of Exeter Symposium SocArts, March 2017

"Ca' the Yowes": Solo voice performance, Health & Humanities Society, Kings College London, March 2017

"I Know a Bank": Solo voice performance (Counter tenor), High Fidelity Festival, London March 2016

"Making-Up": Solo voice performance (from Tremors: The Musical), High Fidelity Festival, London November 2016

Definitions and Fundamental Theories of Community Music Therapy" Keynote, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul 2016.

"Specialist Music Therapy and Care" Keynote, Japanese Association of Music Therapy National Conference, Sapporo, 2015.

"Art and Music Therapy for Learners with Special Needs" Keynote, National Taichung University Of Education, 2015.

“Problems in the Performance of Community Music Therapy Evaluation”. First International Sten Memorial Lecture in Community Music Therapy, New York University, May 2013.

Introduction to Community Music Therapy, 2010, University of Health Sciences, Sapporo, Japan.

International Conferences

Wood, S. (2015). "Creating Community and Staff Participation", paper at Japanese Music Therapy Association National Conference, Sapporo, Japan.

Wood, S. (2015). "The Problem of Evaluating Music Therapy". Keynote lecture at Nordoff Robbins Plus Conference, London.

Wood, S. (2015). Arts Therapies in Health and Special Education. Keynote lecture at Taichung University of Education, Taiwan.

Wood, S. (2014). “Making the Connection: Researching Community Music Therapy Evaluation”, Paper at 14th World Congress of Music Therapy, Austria.

Wood, S., Pavlicevic, M., & Tsiris, G. (2014). “Music Therapy’s ‘Ripple-Effect’: A Practice-led Study in Dementia Care Homes”. Paper at 14th World Congress of Music Therapy, Austria.

Wood, S. (2012). “Problems in the Performance of Community Music Therapy Evaluation”. Paper at 2nd International Conference on Health Humanities, Montclair University, New Jersey, USA.